What we do
CibeRespect began in November 2016, led by Ecos do Sur with the Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya, and with the collaboration of SOS Racisme Catalunya and United Explanations. We create an alliance between NGOs, associations and individuals that bet on the creation of support networks to act against the impact that the xenophobic discourse on the Internet can exert on the opinion of the audiences. We believe in collaboration, research, analysis, training and the permanent campaign as a way to connect and encourage the cyber-activists called to lead the fight against racist cyber-hate, feeding a digital landscape of respect, intercultural coexistence and social cohesion. Entities that defend human rights, educational centers, professional associations, local administration and private activists participate in the project's actions. It is necessary to break the spiral of silence of the tolerant sector, and for that: -INVESTIGAMOS: we map the rumor, stereotype and hate online and offline 1. Observatorio cibeRespect: follow-up and classification of the comments to the news about immigration published in the digital version and social media networks. 2.Mesas de trabajo: NGOs, educational centers and institutions work together to detect, situate and analyze racist arguments in the surroundings of A Coruña and Galicia. WE CREATE: Construction of arguments and alternative narratives to hatred. Manuals for training in cyber-activism. Infographics, GIFs, videos ... so that any cyber-activist can share, disseminate and convince WE FORM: Courses and workshops on the detection of xenophobic hate speech, disassembly of fake news and cyber-activism. WE ACT: Cyber-activism network: people of diverse origins and entities that share knowledge, materials and act in coordination to add impact to messages and campaigns. Interventions in social networks and media forums: we spread counter narratives and alternative discourse where we detect hate speech.
Our social impact
At a time when new forms of exclusion and economic hardships are manipulated to blame the 'different' collectives. At a time when the identification of refugees with terrorists is spreading. In a moment of frontal attacks against social cohesion. At this very moment, civil society has a great challenge to face. CibeRespect is a collaborative project that focuses on the creation of support networks, the monitoring and analysis of discourse on the Internet and cyber-activism as a comprehensive strategy to combat digital hate speech against immigrants and ethnic minorities.
For this, it strengthens young people and migrants in the taking of protagonism through positive actions that slow down the impact of hate speech and feed a digital landscape of respect, coexistence and social cohesion that reverberates in the landscape of our neighborhoods. The feedback between hate on the street-hate on the Internet / hate speech-hate crimes is dangerous today, in an upward trend. Racist and xenophobic attitudes find their breeding ground in the crisis, the context of opposition to the Muslim world and the digital environment. CibeRespect proposes combating them through a process of analysis and permanent campaign, supported by a new model of intervention that articulates the physical and digital space around the cohesion-formation-action of creative networks that overcome, by an integrating sum, the dichotomies offline-online and debate-activism.
CibeRespect was born with the vocation of adding forces and social agents. It proposes as an innovative response to face the emerging phenomenon of cyber-work the collaborative work between the associative community and the Internet community in the identification, development and encouragement of effective counter-discourse strategies. It favors the shared knowledge and the development of tools to ignite critical thinking in a proactive and reactive way, in an easily replicable, adaptable and expandable model. For this, it crystallizes and projects local action and relations of proximity (working groups whose medium-term path will be to become the first anti-rumor network in the northwest of the State) towards the digital global environment, inspiring, motivating, training and accompanying the birth of a new social agent: the cyberactivist called to lead the fight against hate speech on the Internet.